Orion Pictures | Release Date: October 26, 1984 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
84
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Universal acclaim based on 21 Critics
Positive:
20
Mixed:
1
Negative:
0
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The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
91
Kineticism and suspense, combined with strongly conceived characters....Made Cameron a talent to watch. [13 Jan 1995, p. 67]
90
Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.[26 Nov 1984, p. 105]
90
EmpireMark Dinning
A tense, slickly executed thriller.
90
The Terminator is a splendid meta-monster, Frankensteined for the computer age. And Cameron devises not one, not two but, well, let's call it X climaxes that will melt the hinges of your jaws. [19 Nov 1984, p.132]
88
PremiereStaff (Not Credited)
A model of economic storytelling....It raised the bar for movie action to a bionic level. [1 Dec 2003, p.13]
75
A slickly made, shoot-'em-up sci-fi fantasia, it stands for the proposition that, inside the most staid local theater, there is a drive-in yearning to be free. [29 Oct 1984, p.B4]
63
Fast, well made and utterly inconsequential -- The Terminator is a vintage "B," and it's good to know that Hollywood can still crank them out. [29 Oct 1984, p.C6]